Activities & Things To Do In Washington, DC

Below you will find a neatly organized list of interesting activities and things to do in Washington, DC.  Foodies, adrenaline junkies, sports fanatics, tinkerers, or those looking for something a little more laid back are sure to find an activity here that will suit their tastes.  There are many interesting things to do in Washington, DC ranging from the tame to the extreme!

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Smithsonian’s “The Castle” – Where some of our most important historical finds wind up never to be seen again.


Tour DC on Horse & Carriage

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Things to Do in DC. Horse & Buggy Rides – Click for more details.

If your looking for an activity or thing to do that requires minimal effort then this one has your name written all over it.  Take a leisurely tour through Washington, DC on an old fashioned horse and carriage ride.  Also available for special events such as weddings, parties or parades.

Give them a call or refer to their website for more details.

Glassblowing Classes

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Things to Do in Washington, DC – Glass Blowing – Click for more details.

Glass blowing classes for all levels of experience are available.  Prices at this particular studio are very reasonable compared to the cost of similar activities at other studios.  A very laid back environment with experienced and friendly instructors.

Visit DC Glass website for more details about classes, cost and hours of operation.

Museum of Natural History & Live Butterfly House

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Even if museums aren’t your thing this one might change your mind.  The gemstone collection alone is worth the trip.  It includes some of the most spectacular specimens known to mankind and if you’re not paying attention its easy to spend the entire day in this one section alone.  Additionally there’s a live butterfly exhibit that you can walk through while being swarmed by hundreds of colorful butterflies.  Lots of other interesting things here too numerous to mention.  The best part of this activity might be the cost, its free, except for the butterfly exhibit which costs a few dollars but its worth the expense.

See the museums website for address and hours of operation.

Bonsai Trees & Koi Pond

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The Most Amazing Bonsai Trees Anywhere – Click for more details.

This is another thing to do in Washington, DC that is under rated.  Seeing the Bonsai trees here are an amazing experience.  Some of them are hundreds of years old and have been passed down through many generations.  Some of the Bonsai exhibits are entire forests but measuring two-three feet wide.

Words and photos seriously doesn’t do this place justice and everyone should visit the National Arboretum at least once during their life times.  This is another free activity so it doesn’t get more budget friendly than this.  No food is available on site but lots of open areas to have a picnic, so pack a lunch and make a day out of it.

Good Food, Better Karma

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Good Karma – Click for more details.

As the website states, “Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you.  To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those dine after you.”.  This is a unique eatery who amazingly still trusts in their fellow mankind.  Pay what you can afford.  If you can pay more then don’t be a scrooge, consider it your small good deed for the day.  Some people just cant find a break no matter how hard they try so your generosity will be truly appreciated.  Awesome food with an equally awesome staff.

Visit their website for more details and hours of operation.

World Famous Chili

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Got the Munchies? Try a bowl of Bens Chili. Click for more details.

Celebrities such as Bill Crosby, Larry King, Mary Blige and even Larry the Cable Guy has been known to fly into DC just to get a bowl of Bens Chili.  But despite all of the fan fair the atmosphere and dress is casual, the clientele is comprised of locals to celebrities.  The menu price is varied and the prices are extremely reasonable.  Finding a place to park might be the biggest challenge of this particular activity but it will be worth the effort.

Take a look at Bens website for hours and a complete menu.